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Communique Travel Album and Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial

The amazing Communique collection became my inspiration for the album I’m planning to use for a weekend trip to Boston. As soon as I saw this collection I knew I wanted to do an album with a traveler’s notebook insert. I absolutely love creating travel albums. They are my favorite ones to make.

I created the album using chipboard and the hidden hinge binding system to hold the pages.

For the cover I used lots of fuzzy cut elements to create dimension.

Metal pieces in vintage colors that match the collection were also used.

The color of the papers are a perfect match for my photos and the graphics are so much fun to work with.

I love the vintage style of all the papers.

I fuzzy cut images and layered them to create interesting pages.

I also used magnets to hold some of the interactive pages.

I used Polaroid frames to hold some of the pictures. They go so well with this collection.

Graphic 45 has so many great products, that I always feel bad not using anything I have left over! So I used all the leftover pieces of paper I had left from making the album, found some kraft cardstock, and made a traveler’s notebook. Here are the steps I took to make it:

Step One:

The first step is to cut some kraft paper (or heavy-weight cardstock if you prefer) at your desired width and length. The beauty of traveler’s notebooks is that each traveler’s notebook is unique and different in size. For my black traveler’s notebook, the size of my pages are 7 1/2 ” by 7 1/2″.

Step Two:

Step two is to score your pages at the halfway point, (in my case the halfway point was 3 3/4 “) and fold.

Step Three:

I used my sewing machine to bind my pages together. I really liked the simple texture touch the sewing machine adds for binding.

Step Four:

Then the real fun began: decorating my pages with papers, printed image cut outs, washi tape and any other embellishments I found around my craft room.

Optional step: I also used my silhouette and a simple font to create titles. I then used a black sharpie to create lines to journal on (to make it easy to write while on-the-go) that also add a nice, personal, handmade touch to my album. You can also add lined paper or graph paper if you prefer.

I also enjoy mixing papers with printed images, especially florals as they are my favorite ones to use.

And that was it! Making the traveler’s notebook was so easy, and the final end-product was so awesome. Having the basic foundation pages also makes it so much easier to journal daily while away. To me, there’s nothing like journaling a fresh memory or feeling. I like to have my traveler’s insert pre-made and ready to take with me, and I also like to pack a little envelope with some extra goodies to use in case I feel like embellishing my story with stickers, metallic accents, or stamps. I usually write while I travel so that when it’s time to add notes into the full album, I know exactly what I want to say.

Hoping this post inspires you to create your own traveler’s notebook to take with you on those quick trips or long vacations, and help you better prep for your larger album’s content!

Thank you so much for reading, looking forward to seeing the traveler’s notebooks that everyone creates!


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Master Detective Album

The Master Detective collection from Graphic 45 was the perfect collection to create an album for the photos from the Mystery murder party that I hosted last month to celebrate for both my daughter and son in law’s birthday. After using some of the papers to create the invitations, decorations, and a live mystery game inspired by the Clue board game, I needed to create a big album that could hold all the pictures from the party.

The graphics from this collection are amazing, they got me so inspired to create one of my favorite albums I have made so far.

The album consists of two pieces: a box that I decorated with different fuzzy cut layers of the images from the paper collection, and the second piece, the actual album that will hold all the photos.

For this project I used the 8×8 paper pad and the ephemera pack. This gave me plenty of material to work with.

I loved creating all the different pages that became full of pockets and interactive pieces.

I used tiny magnets to securely close the interactive pages.

For some pages I created 3D scenes using images from the collection.

The Master Detective collection is a fuzzy cutter’s dream come true!

I wanted to have lots of hidden spaces to put photos. I wanted whoever was looking at the album to have fun finding them.

I also wanted plenty of pockets to hold the printables and memorabilia from the party.

I wanted every page of the album to be fun. On this page, I backed the smaller pictures of the characters in the collection with chipboard, then used red thread and to create the illusion of a police board.

In this page I used an old map paper to mark the location 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes Address.

Some pages have cut outs that I made using my silhouette machine for more fun pieces.

This was definitely an amazing collection to work with.

Hoping this post will give you inspiration to create your own  album.

Thank you so much for reading.



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Murder Mystery Party using Master Detective Collection

March happens to be the birthday of both my daughter and son in law, so we have double the reason to celebrate. In my family we are avid board game fanatics, so sometimes I host game nights at my house, which turn out to be quite fun.  As soon as I bought the paper collection “Master Detective” from Graphic 45  I got this idea swirling around in my head to use it to create a Murder Mystery Dinner Party for both of them. I wanted to create party decorations, invitations and of course an album to keep my photos after the party.

The first step was to create the invitations. I used images from the paper collection and a question mark created from black cardstock that I cut using my Silhouette.

I did not want the invitation to be flat, so I added layers of papers from the collection and used chipboard under them to create dimension.

For the inside I typed simple text in my computer, printed it, and used distress inks to make the paper look vintage.


Then I wanted the house to be decorated inspired by the board game Clue. One of our all time favorites.

Here is a look at the Dining table before the party.

For the place settings I used the classic dinner plates, chargers and linen napkins, but decorated each one with a package for each guest. These included one set of scorecards to be used during the game, a photo of the character they were playing and a pencil.

Of course a killer dinner was served! After the Dinner party I wanted to Play a mystery game inspired by the Clue Board game. I came up with the idea to label areas of the house as locations to the game. Then I hid different clues, and even items that resemble the weapons from the game.


The goal was to find who did it, where they did it, and what weapon they used. I used printables to create a letter with directions and a case file to be used as reference while playing.

It was so much fun seeing everybody using their scorecards to come up with the solution to earn a substantial reward.

Thank you so much for reading and I will see you in the next post with the album that I made to hold the photos from the party.




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DIY Halloween and Fall wax melts

I have been a candle collector enthusiast for the past two years and I am happy to see my collection growing. But lately I have been bitten by the vendor wax obsession. I did not know that wax melts were so popular until recently, while watching videos online. There is a great amount of online vendors that offer products with different scents, themes, shapes, colors and sizes, so now I scour those websites looking for the latest releases, the newest shapes or seasonal ones. Now wax melts can get pricey, especially when you add shipping costs to them so I have to come up with a DIY version using half burned candles that I have leftover from my collection.

The ones I made this month are for the current holidays: Halloween and Fall, but of course the theme can be changed.

This DIY was not only cost effective, but also helped me recycle candles that were just taking space in my storage shelves.

The first step is to grab all of your supplies: different candles, disposable baking molds, silicon molds ( I get them online from Ali Express), a pot, a wax cutter (a knife will do), wax paper (easy clean up), and decoration items like glitter and sprinkles. I use these items only for my wax making so I try to find cheap disposable ones. Most of them I get at the Dollar Tree for 99 cents.

The first step is to put water to boil, and carefully insert your candle to melt. I use a plastic knife to move the wax while it’s melting to mix it faster.

Then carefully without burning yourself, start filling your molds with the melted wax. You can mix different candles to create different colors. If you want to add decoration to your shapes place them in the mold prior to filling the wax.

Then let your melts harden by drying them overnight or by placing them in the freezer for about an hour.

They will pop right out of the mold when hardened.

To create chunks with different colors I use the baking molds. First I melt one layer of wax and let it dry completely. I then use my wax cutter (Ali Express) to cut squares from it.  I then melt another color wax and use that as my base. I melt it and while is about 50% dry I place the chunks inside, and then cover with a little more wax. These molds take a little bit longer to dry as they are bigger in size.

After drying I cut my mini wax loaf into square chunks. and use bakery bags to store them( I found them at Hobby Lobby).

So here are the finished products. I liked them so much, I made different shapes and used different packaging to gift them to my friends as a fall greeting. I plan adding a wax melter and some fall decor and make little baskets. You can definitely say I am in the holiday spirit.

Thank you for reading. I’ll see you in the next post!





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